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Barry Hannah Exhibit in Special Collections

Image of Barry Hannah Novel, Bats out of Hell

The recent 2010 Oxford Conference for the Book was dedicated to Mississippi author and UM writer-in-residence Barry Hannah.  To coincide with the conference, Special Collections installed a Barry Hannah exhibit on the third floor hallway of the J.D. Williams Library just outside the archives.  Items on display include pages of handwritten and typed manuscripts drafts, correspondence with friends and publishers, first editions, and fine printings. 

The four display cases highlight mediations between author, publisher, and lawyers in the production of Boomerang; feature notes, manuscripts, and galleys for Ray; showcase the origins of Airship in Esquire magazine stories; and reference Hannah’s brief screenwriting career for director Robert Altman.

Many of the items on view are from the Barry Hannah Collection.  Other collections which contributed material to the exhibit include Barry Hannah Small Manuscripts, the Seymour Lawrence Collection, the Louis Dollarhide Collection, the Evans Harrington Collection, and the Oxford American Collection.

The exhibit will remain up through the Spring semester.  To conduct further research in any of the above collections, visit the Archives & Special Collections, Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm.  If you have any questions, contact the department at 662-915-7408 or

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